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How to prevent drowsy driving in Arizona

Many drivers head out on the road without getting enough sleep. The longer they stay awake, the greater their drowsiness becomes and the higher their chances of causing a car wreck. Fatigued driving has been likened to driving while intoxicated. The National Sleep Foundation says that being awake for 24 hours is like having a blood alcohol content of .10, which is just over the legal limit of .08.

Drowsiness may even come to those who get seven or more hours of rest because they have obstructive sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. Someone who might have a disorder should be evaluated by a doctor. In addition, an individual who takes sleep aids or other medications that induce drowsiness, such as antidepressants or blood pressure medications, should have their doctor adjust the regimen so as to avert drowsiness behind the wheel.

There are times when one must take a long trip even when they feel drowsy. In such cases, having a companion to converse with is important. Taking a break every two hours is advisable. Drivers should keep in mind the symptoms of drowsiness. For example, their eyelids might droop, or they might drift out of their lane and onto the rumble strip. They might also miss exits and road signs. If these symptoms arise, they can take a 15- to 20-minute nap.

Failing to do anything about drowsiness can lead to a car crash. The victim of such an accident can hire a lawyer, who in turn can hire investigators to find proof of drowsiness. Medical experts may come in to measure the extent of the injuries. In the end, the victim could be compensated for medical bills, vehicle damage, lost wages and more.

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